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(Metro)   Things that people send in the mail: Live hamster, 'pristine' sex toy collection and a 500-strong army of Barbie dolls ... and then it gets weird (not safe for work pic but hey it's the weekend pic)   (metro.co.uk) divider line 72
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2013-06-15 05:05:35 PM
Why weird?  I know people who have sent green cards, Malt-o-Meal and home made banana bread in the mail and I'm as dull as they come.
 
2013-06-15 05:08:52 PM
A dead cat, a hot shepherd's pie and a time-travelling machine are just some on the items to make the top ten, according to deliveryquotecompare.com.

images1.wikia.nocookie.net

But it was only $800, with free shipping!
 
2013-06-15 06:48:27 PM
That's weird.

shiat.
 
2013-06-15 06:59:56 PM
This should have made the list:

www.motivation-king.com
 
2013-06-15 07:04:15 PM
I mailed my nephew a dead rhinoceros beetle when he was 12 and really into bugs.  The day they received it was the day I discovered my stepsister (his mom) is absolutely terrified of bugs...boy did I get some angry phone calls from my dad and stepmom :D
 
2013-06-15 07:05:09 PM
That article said the same things 3 times.  It was like they kept saying the same thing.  The info may be in bullets, but it's the same thing.

/same
//damn
///thing
 
2013-06-15 07:05:59 PM

Nexxi: I mailed my nephew a dead rhinoceros beetle when he was 12 and really into bugs.  The day they received it was the day I discovered my stepsister (his mom) is absolutely terrified of bugs...boy did I get some angry phone calls from my dad and stepmom :D


I gave my nephew a VCR tape "Bugs Don't Bug Me" for his 2nd birthday.  My sister-in-law banned me from the house for 6 months.
 
2013-06-15 07:06:38 PM
What is weird about mailing a passport? I left mine at my parent's house when I moved away, and they mailed it to me. Why would I drive 18 hours from Georgia to Texas to get it? And people frequently cremate their pets, and crematoriums mail the ashes and urns to the former owners. And biological specimens are frequently mailed to schools and museums. What is wrong with mailing barbies or sex toys? They aren't illegal, and they occupy as much space as any other medium to large items. I see nothing wrong with those four items on the list.
 
2013-06-15 07:09:50 PM

FrancoFile: Nexxi: I mailed my nephew a dead rhinoceros beetle when he was 12 and really into bugs.  The day they received it was the day I discovered my stepsister (his mom) is absolutely terrified of bugs...boy did I get some angry phone calls from my dad and stepmom :D

I gave my nephew a VCR tape "Bugs Don't Bug Me" for his 2nd birthday.  My sister-in-law banned me from the house for 6 months.


I got a 4 month ban for giving my nephew a hermit crab, apparently my sister-in-law is afraid of crustaceans According to my brother, I should have known that because she left the room when I cooked lobster once, I thought she just didn't want see them thrown in the pot.
 
2013-06-15 07:11:43 PM

Tom_Slick: FrancoFile: Nexxi: I mailed my nephew a dead rhinoceros beetle when he was 12 and really into bugs.  The day they received it was the day I discovered my stepsister (his mom) is absolutely terrified of bugs...boy did I get some angry phone calls from my dad and stepmom :D

I gave my nephew a VCR tape "Bugs Don't Bug Me" for his 2nd birthday.  My sister-in-law banned me from the house for 6 months.

I got a 4 month ban for giving my nephew a hermit crab, apparently my sister-in-law is afraid of crustaceans According to my brother, I should have known that because she left the room when I cooked lobster once, I thought she just didn't want see them thrown in the pot.


You know, I just realized that I'm a member of the Cool Uncle club.  High fives all around!
 
2013-06-15 07:11:44 PM
8. A teenage girl

Not weird as much as the worst attempt at human trafficking...
 
2013-06-15 07:15:14 PM
I knew a guy that mailed a cow's head to a friend for some kind of farked up practical joke.  Unfortunately, the recipient was out of town on vacation for several weeks.  When he got home he found a whole series of increasingly desperate messages in his mailbox from the post office, asking him to pick up his package.  When he finally showed up, it was a soggy, stinking mess tied in a trash bag.

Another volley in their mail prank war was a feather bomb, which is basically just plastic wrap taped to two flaps of a box's lid and filled with feathers, so it launches them when the box is opened.  This also failed, since it apparently broke during shipping, and the post office just delivered a plastic bag filled with feathers and a crushed box.

CSB.
 
2013-06-15 07:16:45 PM
Meh, you can order live tarantulas, scorpions, and other invertebrates off various sites.
 
2013-06-15 07:21:52 PM
the only thing in subby's list that seemed weird was the hamster. poor hamster.

you can buy fish on ebay and on many other websites, and have them shipped from across the country or even from SE asia.

a hot shepard's pie? there's at least one place (and probably 20) that will overnight you a hot chicago pizza from chicago, specially packed to maintain hotness and freshness.

i've received a passport in the mail twice and never found it odd.

that was boring. subby is boring. i'm bored. i think i'll go mail some scabs and boogers and taint-funk TP to
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2013-06-15 07:25:02 PM
In the early '90s I worked in a USPS distribution center for a couple of years, and we got all sorts of strange things.  Probably the worst was the cheap-ass funeral home that sent an urn second class (which was supposed to be shipped registered mail).  Naturally, the lid came loose and spilled into a mail gurney.  The supervisor put as much of the ash back into the urn, along with whatever other stuff that was in the bottom of the gurney.

So, some poor soul's remains got things like used stamps and paper clips mixed in with their ashes.
 
2013-06-15 07:29:21 PM
What's so odd about a passport? Last time I applied for one the US Gov. mailed it to me.

All in all I'd say there's nothing that unusual about most of those.
 
2013-06-15 07:29:43 PM
media.licdn.com
 
2013-06-15 07:31:25 PM
What's a "campervan"?

I've heard of Camper Van Beethoven ... are late 80's alt-rock music bands touring via post office delivery?
 
jes
2013-06-15 07:34:14 PM
yes, yes they are.
 
2013-06-15 07:36:28 PM
meiadeleite.com
www.postcrossing.com
farm3.static.flickr.com
www.postcrossing.com
 
2013-06-15 07:39:03 PM

StopLurkListen: What's a "campervan"?

I've heard of Camper Van Beethoven ... are late 80's alt-rock music bands touring via post office delivery?


Travellers use campervans. Duh.
 
NFA [TotalFark]
2013-06-15 07:39:08 PM
Many years ago, the Hope Diamond was mailed via US mail to the Smithsonian.  At the time the US mail was the most secure method shipping available.
 
2013-06-15 07:39:41 PM
imgs.xkcd.com

/oblig
 
2013-06-15 07:57:45 PM

ReapTheChaos: What's so odd about a passport? Last time I applied for one the US Gov. mailed it to me.

All in all I'd say there's nothing that unusual about most of those.


And multiple states will mail driver's licenses from a state office, instead of printing them at a local DMV. Many things are done via mail from central locations nowadays.
 
2013-06-15 07:58:44 PM
static.guim.co.uk

You could go anywhere in the mails.
 
2013-06-15 08:04:23 PM

ReapTheChaos: What's so odd about a passport? Last time I applied for one the US Gov. mailed it to me.

All in all I'd say there's nothing that unusual about most of those.


Yeah.  My passport has probably been in the "mail" 30+ times by now.  (Quotes as it's usually been FedEx instead.)


I want to know what the story was behind the girl, though!
 
2013-06-15 08:06:40 PM

Erix: I knew a guy that mailed a cow's head to a friend for some kind of farked up practical joke.  Unfortunately, the recipient was out of town on vacation for several weeks.  When he got home he found a whole series of increasingly desperate messages in his mailbox from the post office, asking him to pick up his package.  When he finally showed up, it was a soggy, stinking mess tied in a trash bag.

Another volley in their mail prank war was a feather bomb, which is basically just plastic wrap taped to two flaps of a box's lid and filled with feathers, so it launches them when the box is opened.  This also failed, since it apparently broke during shipping, and the post office just delivered a plastic bag filled with feathers and a crushed box.

CSB.


Sounds like the mail service had had enough of the shenanigans.
 
2013-06-15 08:09:22 PM
What's so odd about a live hamster?  Animals are frequently shipped, everything from hamsters to snakes. I buy and sell fish and those get shipped all over the country (USA), same goes for fish eggs and those I've shipped to and from international locations.  I'm assuming dead cats are a little unusual, but why weird?  Isn't it perfectly understandable that a dead cat would be shipped to or from a taxidermist or perhaps from a bio lab to someone learning about dissection, maybe a school or university?  The more I think about it, there's not much on that list that's all that weird.  That list sucks and is a weird list in that it sucks so much.  Maybe we should ship it and its author to a concentration camp never to be seen again.
 
2013-06-15 08:12:28 PM
list is so-so...but how would some of these be discovered?? I mean the van girl, camper and hampster would be obvious (if alive...).Though If this is  just a list of things people called to ask about shipping, then someone's trying too hard....

And yet I wonder...is it a thing in the UK that you have to declare your sex toy shipments?  or was the couple trying to just make the mailing a part of a reverse voyer fantasy?

or it was on a customs form and I just want an excuse to highlgiht the random paddle/bum pic that made clicking the shiatty link to a non-wierd list almost worth it.
 
2013-06-15 08:13:21 PM

listernine: StopLurkListen: What's a "campervan"?

I've heard of Camper Van Beethoven ... are late 80's alt-rock music bands touring via post office delivery?

Travellers use campervans. Duh.


D'ya mean like a caravan?

/periwinkle blue
 
2013-06-15 08:14:38 PM
African Pied crow sent USPS overnight.
 
2013-06-15 08:18:35 PM

DreamyAltarBoy: listernine: StopLurkListen: What's a "campervan"?

I've heard of Camper Van Beethoven ... are late 80's alt-rock music bands touring via post office delivDery?

Travellers use campervans. Duh.

D'ya mean like a caravan?

/periwinkle blue


D'ya like dags?
 
2013-06-15 08:21:13 PM
I have a lot of questions and all of then are NSFW.

So...so do I ask Google? I know THEY know now. But I kind of like that.

Yeah, I'll see myself out. Thanks.
 
2013-06-15 08:23:45 PM
...And I am obviously intoxicated. Sorry about that grammar awesomeness. But the question still stands...
 
2013-06-15 08:27:12 PM

FrancoFile: Tom_Slick: FrancoFile: Nexxi: I mailed my nephew a dead rhinoceros beetle when he was 12 and really into bugs.  The day they received it was the day I discovered my stepsister (his mom) is absolutely terrified of bugs...boy did I get some angry phone calls from my dad and stepmom :D

I gave my nephew a VCR tape "Bugs Don't Bug Me" for his 2nd birthday.  My sister-in-law banned me from the house for 6 months.

I got a 4 month ban for giving my nephew a hermit crab, apparently my sister-in-law is afraid of crustaceans According to my brother, I should have known that because she left the room when I cooked lobster once, I thought she just didn't want see them thrown in the pot.

You know, I just realized that I'm a member of the Cool Uncle club.  High fives all around!


Either that or you all have relatives that are members of the I'm a coont club.
 
2013-06-15 08:40:37 PM
No. 8 a teenage girl.

Why was this a problem?
 
2013-06-15 08:42:15 PM

megarian: I have a lot of questions and all of then are NSFW.

So...so do I ask Google? I know THEY know now. But I kind of like that.

Yeah, I'll see myself out. Thanks.


Questions about the pristine sex toy collection or the time machine? I think buy pristine they mean used : /
 
2013-06-15 08:44:13 PM

megarian: I have a lot of questions and all of then are NSFW.

So...so do I ask Google? I know THEY know now. But I kind of like that.

Yeah, I'll see myself out. Thanks.


megarian: ...And I am obviously intoxicated. Sorry about that grammar awesomeness. But the question still stands...


fark Google, ask'em here.  I'm sure you can creatively phrase your questions.
 
2013-06-15 08:44:57 PM

Vangor: 8. A teenage girl

Not weird as much as the worst attempt at human trafficking...


Dunno, but I guess USPS costs are much cheaper for an 130 lbs parcel coast to coast than an airline ticket?
 
2013-06-15 08:54:52 PM

HairBolus: [media.licdn.com image 850x654]


I had Sea Monkeys. Biggest. disappointment. EVAR for my 8 year old self. I even had the
little plastic globe necklace so I could take my new pets to school with me.
 
2013-06-15 08:57:09 PM
We always order our chicks by mail. (Baby chickens, not attractive female humans) So do many people in my town. The peeping in the post office on delivery day is pretty funny.
 
2013-06-15 09:01:19 PM

tinfoil-hat maggie: megarian: I have a lot of questions and all of then are NSFW.

So...so do I ask Google? I know THEY know now. But I kind of like that.

Yeah, I'll see myself out. Thanks.

Questions about the pristine sex toy collection or the time machine? I think buy pristine they mean used : /


See, it all depends on who used it. If it was the right person...
 
2013-06-15 09:03:24 PM
Meh. I've gotten live chicks, ducks, and turkey poults mailed to me, and fertilized hatching eggs, cakes, cheesecakes, crawfish, truffles, venison, and jewelry mailed.
 
2013-06-15 09:05:56 PM
I'm actually curious about the hot shepherd's pie. Did they want it delivered hot? Because that's asking rather a lot, I think.
 
2013-06-15 09:11:00 PM

I May Be Crazy But...: tinfoil-hat maggie: megarian: I have a lot of questions and all of then are NSFW.

So...so do I ask Google? I know THEY know now. But I kind of like that.

Yeah, I'll see myself out. Thanks.

Questions about the pristine sex toy collection or the time machine? I think buy pristine they mean used : /

See, it all depends on who used it. If it was the right person...


Well sure, I mean if it was someone you wouldn't mind having sex with anyway but...
 
2013-06-15 09:14:16 PM

tinfoil-hat maggie: megarian: I have a lot of questions and all of then are NSFW.

So...so do I ask Google? I know THEY know now. But I kind of like that.

Yeah, I'll see myself out. Thanks.

Questions about the pristine sex toy collection or the time machine? I think buy pristine they mean used : /


*shrug* I got Purell and spare time.

/kidding
//mostly
 
2013-06-15 09:16:00 PM
have bought & sold on eBay over ten years, thousands of transactions. first thing i shipped was a carefully packed beer stein collection well marked FRAGILE in red marker all over box. hats off to dumpy bitter post office woman who took box off counter and dropped it to the floor. moran.
 
2013-06-15 09:16:53 PM
 
2013-06-15 09:18:36 PM

Confusean: FrancoFile: Tom_Slick: FrancoFile: Nexxi: I mailed my nephew a dead rhinoceros beetle when he was 12 and really into bugs.  The day they received it was the day I discovered my stepsister (his mom) is absolutely terrified of bugs...boy did I get some angry phone calls from my dad and stepmom :D

I gave my nephew a VCR tape "Bugs Don't Bug Me" for his 2nd birthday.  My sister-in-law banned me from the house for 6 months.

I got a 4 month ban for giving my nephew a hermit crab, apparently my sister-in-law is afraid of crustaceans According to my brother, I should have known that because she left the room when I cooked lobster once, I thought she just didn't want see them thrown in the pot.

You know, I just realized that I'm a member of the Cool Uncle club.  High fives all around!

Either that or you all have relatives that are members of the I'm a coont club.


Nah, my SIL is cool.  She just didn't appreciate having her toddler bring creepy-crawlies into the house every day.
 
2013-06-15 09:26:50 PM

megarian: tinfoil-hat maggie: megarian: I have a lot of questions and all of then are NSFW.

So...so do I ask Google? I know THEY know now. But I kind of like that.

Yeah, I'll see myself out. Thanks.

Questions about the pristine sex toy collection or the time machine? I think buy pristine they mean used : /

*shrug* I got Purell and spare time.

/kidding
//mostly


So not not the time machine?
:- )
 
2013-06-15 09:27:11 PM
*shrug*

Bro is in the military. Mail is not something they take very lightly. So, when at boot camp, on his birthday, he got a card that was as tall as the CO? It didn't go over very well (only got away with it because the card played the Star Wars theme when you opened it and the CO was a fan).

The second time we had a problem was when he asked for green army men. It takes some explaining, but let's just say they are critical to ensure something is properly fixed on ship. So my mom sent him something like 1500 total. We got a strongly-worded letter from the CO saying that should he need an invading force's worth of little green army men, he'd let us know (they didn't return the toys though, so again, I don't think bro really got into trouble).

/we're collecting stories so he can make his own version of Skippy's List when he gets out
 
2013-06-15 09:29:14 PM

tinfoil-hat maggie: megarian: tinfoil-hat maggie: megarian: I have a lot of questions and all of then are NSFW.

So...so do I ask Google? I know THEY know now. But I kind of like that.

Yeah, I'll see myself out. Thanks.

Questions about the pristine sex toy collection or the time machine? I think buy pristine they mean used : /

*shrug* I got Purell and spare time.

/kidding
//mostly

So not not the time machine?
:- )


Always the time machine.

/always
 
2013-06-15 09:30:32 PM
Erix: Another volley in their mail prank war was a feather bomb, which is basically just plastic wrap taped to two flaps of a box's lid and filled with feathers, so it launches them when the box is opened.  This also failed, since it apparently broke during shipping, and the post office just delivered a plastic bag filled with feathers and a crushed box.

CSB.


lack of warmth:  Sounds like the mail service had had enough of the shenanigans.

Or, more likely, the box just failed because it was full of air.  A big, mostly empty box won't support a big, mostly-full box of the same size stacked on top of it unless it's reinforced in some way.
 
2013-06-15 09:33:03 PM

Peki: *shrug*

Bro is in the military. Mail is not something they take very lightly. So, when at boot camp, on his birthday, he got a card that was as tall as the CO? It didn't go over very well (only got away with it because the card played the Star Wars theme when you opened it and the CO was a fan).

The second time we had a problem was when he asked for green army men. It takes some explaining, but let's just say they are critical to ensure something is properly fixed on ship. So my mom sent him something like 1500 total. We got a strongly-worded letter from the CO saying that should he need an invading force's worth of little green army men, he'd let us know (they didn't return the toys though, so again, I don't think bro really got into trouble).

/we're collecting stories so he can make his own version of Skippy's List when he gets out


I know when my brother was in boot camp it was really strict on what they could have.
 
2013-06-15 09:34:11 PM

megarian: tinfoil-hat maggie: megarian: tinfoil-hat maggie: megarian: I have a lot of questions and all of then are NSFW.

So...so do I ask Google? I know THEY know now. But I kind of like that.

Yeah, I'll see myself out. Thanks.

Questions about the pristine sex toy collection or the time machine? I think buy pristine they mean used : /

*shrug* I got Purell and spare time.

/kidding
//mostly

So not not the time machine?
:- )

Always the time machine.

/always


Madam I bow to your awesomeness ; )
 
2013-06-15 09:56:06 PM
Peki:
The second time we had a problem was when he asked for green army men. It takes some explaining, but let's just say they are critical to ensure something is properly fixed on ship. So my mom sent him something like 1500 total. We got a strongly-worded letter from the CO saying that should he need an invading force's worth of little green army men, he'd let us know (they didn't return the toys though, so again, I don't think bro really got into trouble).


Damn that made me laugh.  Send in Johnny and the 101st Plasticians!

Oh, and I agree with Megarian.  Always the time machine.  If nothing else we need to keep it out of the hands of those less responsible than we.  Muahahahaaaaa!
 
2013-06-15 09:58:21 PM
megarian: *shrug* I got Purell and spare time.

/kidding
//mostly


What, you wouldn't pull a Larry Flynt?

Probably for the best, actually.  Wrong kind of "sheeting action."
 
2013-06-15 10:03:58 PM
a man in his 50s wanted his Barbie collection sent to his new home.

1.bp.blogspot.com

NTTAWWT
 
2013-06-15 10:06:56 PM

im14u2c: megarian: *shrug* I got Purell and spare time.

/kidding
//mostly

What, you wouldn't pull a Larry Flynt?

Probably for the best, actually.  Wrong kind of "sheeting action."


Hmmmmm....

Alright, yeah I'm in.
 
2013-06-15 10:17:13 PM
White powder?
 
2013-06-15 10:21:57 PM
In small things forgotten
 
2013-06-15 10:23:56 PM
Due to being a professional hitman, I refuse to open any box of toy soldiers in my swank penthouse apartment. It's just common sense.
 
2013-06-15 10:24:42 PM

stuffy: No. 8 a teenage girl.

Why was this a problem?


No airholes in the box. Tragically was the problem with my first mail order bride.
 
2013-06-15 10:39:07 PM
"A hot Shepherd's Pie"

Am I the only one that thinks this could be something incredibly dirty and not at all literal? Let's venture to guess what it could mean. I am going to have to say it has something to do with bagpipes, fecal matter, mashed potatoes, a lamb, a whole carrot, all in a confined space.
 
2013-06-15 10:47:12 PM
Wow.  That article was almost as lame as a BuzzFeed page.
 
2013-06-15 10:52:25 PM

Fano: Due to being a professional hitman, I refuse to open any box of toy soldiers in my swank penthouse apartment. It's just common sense.


Nice reference : )
 
2013-06-15 11:06:30 PM
I only wish there were a way to receive hot shepherd's pie via mail order. Hell, I'd settle for an American restaurant craze that replaces pizza and results in shepherd's pie being delivered to my door.
 
2013-06-15 11:49:53 PM

ReapTheChaos: What's so odd about a passport? Last time I applied for one the US Gov. mailed it to me.

All in all I'd say there's nothing that unusual about most of those.


I was thinking the same thing, but then remembered that the article is from a Britain publication so maybe over there they don't mail passports like they do here in the states.
 
2013-06-16 12:02:59 AM
Probably the strangest thing i ever got in the mail was a half-bale of hay.  Sure, the postman hated us, but that thing kept our bunny fed for a year.
 
2013-06-16 03:35:45 AM
If you're inventive enough, a live hamster is a pristine sex toy collection.
 
2013-06-16 07:07:36 AM

Latinwolf: ReapTheChaos: What's so odd about a passport? Last time I applied for one the US Gov. mailed it to me.

All in all I'd say there's nothing that unusual about most of those.

I was thinking the same thing, but then remembered that the article is from a Britain publication so maybe over there they don't mail passports like they do here in the states.


Passports or sent registered post due to the possibility of theft. What probably happened is the person just put a label and stamps on the passport. Good way of it going missing if you send it abroad.

Most of that would be sent as long as its properly packaged its just that they ask what's in the parcel so that it can be insured properly.
 
2013-06-16 07:08:24 AM

KrispyKritter: have bought & sold on eBay over ten years, thousands of transactions. first thing i shipped was a carefully packed beer stein collection well marked FRAGILE in red marker all over box. hats off to dumpy bitter post office woman who took box off counter and dropped it to the floor. moran.


Silly KrispyKritter, fragile is italian for toss softly.  Everything else is thrown hard.  Just ask anyone working in the shipping business.
 
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